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Illegal Peace in Africa: An Inquiry into the Legality of Power Sharing with Warlords, Rebels, and Junta


ISBN13: 9780521888684
Published: March 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99
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African states have become testing grounds for Western conflict-resolution experiments, particularly power-sharing agreements, supposedly intended to end deadly conflict, secure peace and build democracy in divided societies.

This volume examines the legal and political efficacy of transitional political power-sharing between democratically constituted governments and the African warlords, rebels, or junta that seek to violently unseat them. What role does law indicate for itself to play in informing, shaping and regulating peace agreements? This book addresses this question and others through the prism of three West African case studies: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. It applies the neo-Kadeshean model of analysis and offers a framework for a 'Law on Power-sharing'. In a field dominated by political scientists, and drawing from ancient and contemporary international law, this book represents the first substantive legal critique of the law, practice and politics of power-sharing.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Africa
Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Legalizing peace
3. The question of power-sharing
4. The conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau
5. The Accra, Lome, and Abuja Accords
6. The domestic legality of power-sharing
7. The regional legality of power-sharing
8. The international legality of power-sharing
9. Postscript: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau
10. No law no peace
11. Conclusion.